Shopping Overseas


Fez the Mysterious


Posted By on Dec 24, 2013

The medina (walled city) in Fez, the oldest of the Moroccan imperial cities, is the best-preserved ancient locale in the Arab world. Paul Bowles wrote about Fez in 1984 in a travel article; he thought  Fez among the great cities of the world because there a medieval style of life was still functioning.  He talked about a local industry which was based primarily on handmade goods.  This still exists. Fez’s fascinating twisting,...

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The Berbers: Live Free or Die


Posted By on Dec 14, 2013

  The single most noticeable change in Morocco in the years since our last visit has been the sudden appearance of the Berber language, with its exotic ancient alphabet, on all official Moroccan government signs and documents. The Berbers were the ancient peoples of Morocco who were forcibly converted to Islam by the Arabs who conquered the country over a thousand years ago.  Thought to descend from mixed peoples–including,...

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Tangier–Close to Spain


Posted By on Nov 30, 2013

In October we made our first ever visit to Tangier, Morocco’s gateway to Europe.  The purpose of our visit was to see a close friend, Lisa, from our diplomatic days.  She recently married a Moroccan-American,  and now splits her time between Morocco and the states. Lisa and Charlie have been engaged in a several-year struggle to build a Moroccan mansion in Tangier–with recalcitrant workmen and even cultural problems to...

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Morocco is one of our favorite countries.  We love its multicultural atmosphere–with Berbers, Arabs and Europeans.  We spent most of our time in its ancient medinas–with “souks” (shops) and “riads” (old houses converted into B & B’s). When we last visited six years ago, the two of us focused on buying rugs and visiting villages in the Atlas mountains where Berber weavers wove outlandish...

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We lived in Tashkent in the late 1990’s when the city was still shifting from its status as the fourth largest city in the Soviet Union…to its new role as the modern capital of proudly independent Uzbekistan. While we were there, 70 years of Communism was being erased from the history books, and the glorious past of the great world conqueror Tamerlane was being resurrected.  The huge monuments to Communism’s leaders...

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SKYPE SHOPPING:   As most of you know, our shop is filled with the detritus of shopping from our trips.  This April’s trip to the ‘Stans in which Fred traveled by himself without the shopping maestro Sharon presented a challenge…but not an insurmountable one. With Skype and Tango apps on our iPhones, Fred was able to allow Sharon to actually do the shopping in Central Asia from the comforts of Whidbey Island (at...

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